The Internet of Things was a big topic of discussion for the beginning of this course and is a huge evolving topic in general. Most of the ideas that are thought of for the sensors that go into the IoT are focused around how to help people, but what about the big leap to really help people? If there was a form of technology that was able to predict and furthermore prevent crime, how would this impact America, or the world in general?
Hitachi’s Predictive Crime Analytics system is a process being worked on with algorithms and artificial intelligence programed into software and hardware to track, collect, and analyze data found on the internet to try and pick up on threatening behaviors and notify the authorities. Other factors also play a role in this prediction process, like the weather and historical crime data.
To further predict where crimes may unfold the program is using location data from a variety of social media platforms and public surveillance networks, to better narrow down where crimes are more likely to occur. All of these predictions are presented in real time and displayed for law enforcement to see and keep a higher watch in areas that seem to have more activity than others.
The main goal of this software would be to help law enforcement and give them a better prospective to things that they may not be able to see when they are trying to keep people safe. It would not be able to prevent all crimes, but with future enhancements they are trying to make it as accurate as possible to efficiently help as many people as possible. Some cities have already signed up to test and use this software and collect data to see the accuracy and helpfulness of the program.